Some Summer Educational Opportunities For The Classically Liberal At The University Of Michigan

ihs 1Are you a classical liberal student at the University of Michigan who is looking for summer educational opportunities with like minded individuals? The Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education have announced their Summer 2014 seminars for undergraduate students interested in the ideas of liberty. The seminars are taught at locations around the country by top academics in fields such as economics, history, philosophy, political science, filmmaking, art, and policy. Typical seminar days include lectures throughout the day with breaks for snacks and lunch, and socials at night where students have an opportunity to network and develop closer relationships with their peers and professors.

Accepted students receive tuition, room, and board at no charge. Applications close March 31st.

From the Institute for Humane Studies:

“IHS Summer Seminars stretch your mind and explore the notions of liberty, drawn from the classical liberal intellectual tradition, while inviting you to look at the world and your future plans with the cause of freedom in mind.

During each seminar, you’ll be engaged by lectures from leading scholars drawing on history, economics, philosophy, public policy, law, and a wide variety of professional experiences.

Each seminar is designed to raise big questions, foster in-depth discussions, and create opportunities to connect with people from around the world who believe in liberty. And you’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of liberty, new career possibilities, and a multidisciplinary network.

What’s more, through the IHS Summer Seminars you’ll gain valuable career and intellectual skills. Learn not to take anything for granted but rather, continue to challenge the status quo.

Finally, you’ll find it’s also a great time to make long-lasting friendships with bonds on the ideas of freedom that will last a lifetime.”

Featured Seminar: “Foundations of Liberty: The Rule of Law” June 12-15 ● Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA

“On the one hand, we all want our individual liberties and freedom to lead fruitful, productive lives. But being a community of individuals, we also need laws to guarantee those freedoms. But how much is enough and at what point is it too much?

Our Foundations of Liberty: The Rule of Law seminar will provide an engaging introduction to the foundations of a free society by exploring the legal, economic, and philosophical roots of libertarian thought and how it is applied to insure rights as individuals. It is ideal for students seeking to understand how the central principle of classical liberalism—individual liberty—relates to the history of the law and our current legal institutions.”

For a complete list of seminars: 

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From the Foundation for Economic Education:

“FEE’s mission is to inspire, educate and connect future leaders with the economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society.

For young minds interested in an introduction to free market economics and its foundations in the broader philosophy of individual liberty, FEE is the best source for inspiring content, programs and community. FEE is not an academic or political organization; instead our focus is making the economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society widely accessible, easily understood and energizing to young minds. We do this by delivering content that is substantive and thoughtful in forms most convenient to our customers, including in-person seminars and lectures, web-delivered content, printed material in book and magazine form, and networking opportunities. At FEE, young people—and educators who work with them—will find an exciting and optimistic introduction to the Austrian and classical liberal traditions in free market economics as well as opportunities to connect with other young people and free-market organizations around the world.”

Featured Seminar:  “Good Intentions or Good Results? How Trade, Property, and Entrepreneurship will Help the Developing World” July 31 – August 1 ● Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

“What causes wealth and what can be done to help those without it? Billions of dollars are spent on aid programs, while millions continue to starve. These programs help people feel better about the suffering in the world, but what actually helps alleviate that suffering? What is the cause of wealth in the world? This introduction to economic thinking will help you answer these questions. This introductory seminar will not give you all of the answers to these complex problems; it will give you the tools to find the answers yourself.”

For a complete list of seminars:

Contact Derek Magill at for more information.

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About Derek Magill

Derek Magill is a (former) LSA student in the Classics Department. He dropped of the University of Michigan during his Sophomore year and is now the Director of Marketing at Praxis. Praxis is a 9 month startup apprenticeship program for people who want more than college.